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Neal doubles up
25 April 2010
Matt Neal make it two wins from three with victory in the final Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race of the weekend at Rockingham.
Neal started from pole, and although he lost the lead at the start, the Honda driver soon battled back into the lead ahead of the Ford of Tom Onslow-Cole and was able to lead the race in its entirety to become a double winner on race day for the first time since 2006.
Onslow-Cole held on to second until five laps from home when pressure from Paul O'Neill finally paid off and the sunshine.co.uk driver was able to get through to secure the first Independent victory for the team and the best result to date for the Tech-Speed team. Onslow-Cole's hopes of a podium were dashed late on when he ran wide at Deene and dropped down to seventh.
That allowed Steven Kane to take third place ahead of Andrew Jordan and Jason Plato, who leaves Rockingham as the championship leader going to Brands Hatch next weekend for round three.
Rob Collard took sixth ahead of Tom Onslow-Cole, with James Nash, Andy Neate and Tom Boardman rounding out the scorers.
Gordon Shedden was forced to retire after being punted off into the tyres at Deene by Collard after twelve laps, while four drivers failed to make it past lap one.
Dave Pinkney and Alex MacDowall clashed at Chapman, seemingly after Pinkney had been hit by Matt Hamilton, while Tom Chilton and Mat Jackson sustained damage after contact at Pif Paf and were also forced out.